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The League – The Complete Season One (2009/Fox Blu-ray)


Picture: B     Sound: B     Extras: B     Episodes: B-



FX has now well established itself as a front runner in producing creative television series.  From Nip/Tuck to It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia FX seems to have a little bit of everything.  Adding to that ‘little bit of everything’ is FX’s new series The League.  Now on Blu-ray is The League: The Complete Season One, which consists of all 6 hilarious episodes from first season.  The 6 episode run is all too short (as FX was testing the waters), but the set nicely includes extended cuts of each individual episode.


The premise of the series is not all too difficult as it chronicles the daily activities of a group of long time friends and their fantasy football league.  By this point everyone should be fully aware of what the social behemoth fantasy football is as it has taken the world by storm.  Just as fantasy football has taken the world by storm, it seems to have also taken over this cast of characters lives as well.  The cast of this outrageous series seemingly spends every waking moment worrying about stats and how to essentially screw each other over.  Whereas it may seem like a watered down Always Sunny, The League stands on its own as the characters are not only horribly narcissistic, but have a soul unlike the cast of Always Sunny.


The characters are a mix of doctors, lawyers and all in between, but what stands out about the series is the journey the friends are taking together.  ‘The league’ that these guys are in is just a loose structure point to fuel the crazy situations they get in and to give substance to what would otherwise land them in prison.  The series is wonderfully hilarious with the likes Mark Duplass (Pete), Nick Kroll (Ruxin), Stephen Rannazzisi (Kevin), Paul Scheer (Andre), Jonathan Lajoie (Taco) and the beautiful Katie Aselton (Jenny) all make possible with their unusual and creative brand of comedy that is centered in perfect timing.  The writers did a great job in Season One and I can’t wait to see what Season Two has to hold.  All the trash talking and ruthless antics this crew doesn’t stop at fantasy football as each action burrows its way into each others personal lives, with no telling where the atrocities will end.


The technical features of this first season are merely adequate, but get the job done and are an upgrade from anything that DVD would deliver.  The picture is a crisp, clean 1080p, 1.78 X 1, AVC @ 19 MBPS widescreen that for the most part demonstrates wonderful sharpness, but at the same time lacks depth and vibrant color.  The black levels are nicely done as they are well balanced and for a first season of 6 episodes I am happy overall.  The sound is a nice 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio that mainly comes from the front as this is a dialogue based series, but the rear speakers kick in during bar scenes and for musical interludes.


The extras are fun and include Bloopers; Deleted Scenes; Alt Nation featurette; 3 Penis Wine Infomercial; Vaginal Hubris; Birthday Song; Legalize Kevin’s Public Smoke; Mr. McGibblets Fun House & Dojo.  Every extra is hilarious and heightens all the great aspects of the series.  Describing the extras individually would make little sense unless you have scene each episode as they are mainly inside jokes, acting as extensions of already hilarious moments.


Great series that I feel will just get better with time.  Welcome to the League!



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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